National Geographic : 2015 Oct
YourShot.ngm.com VISIONS Takeshi Marumoto Tokyo, Japan One early morning near Japan’s east coast, Marumoto, an IT consultant, visited Hitachi Seaside Park, an area known for its sea of baby blue eyes flowers in the spring. “It was a very refreshing morning,” he says. Zuzana Krajcˇ i Bratislava, Slovakia Krajcˇ i planned to take a classic portrait of her niece holding twigs of cherry blossoms. When she looked through the viewfinder, she noticed the fram- ing—without the girl’s face—conveyed an unintended element of mystery. “Trees provide a place of solitude, respite, and healing. The images I chose represented, for me, unique interpretations of ‘trees of life.’ ” — Erika Larsen, National Geographic photographer EDITOR’S NOTE Tree of Life Assignment Trees, in forms physical or figurative, hold clues to landscapes, history, and culture. We asked to see the branches in your life.